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The egg
Gill, Shelley.
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Publication Information:
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2001]

Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
Describes how fish, birds, insects and other creatures lay eggs to reproduce and tells about some stories and customs involving eggs.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 5.0 0.5 52874.

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QL956.5 .G55 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL956.5 .G55 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL956.5 .G55 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The Hindu people believed that the world was created when a cosmic egg split in two and Brahma made the heavens out of one half and the earth out of the other. That explanation may have been inspired by the observation that many creatures hatch from eggs. In THE EGG, learn about the many different ways creatures produce eggs and how the young emerge from them. Told with as much wit as fact, this egg-citing story will captivate readers of all ages.
Brilliant, precise illustrations with a touch of whimsy show the story of the egg from its earliest days in the deep oceans over three billion years ago, to birds' nests and animals that carry their eggs inside their bodies today. This fascinating book explores the myths and realities of the egg-straordinary egg.

Author Notes

Author, adventurer, whale detective, pony wrangler, dog musher and all around fun hog, Shelley Gill lives her books! Shelley is the author of several children's books, including ALASKA, HAWAI'I, and SITKA ROSE. She was previously an editor at Alaska Woman magazine, and also worked as a reporter, editor, and publisher for the Frontiersman and Valley Sun newspapers in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Shelley lives with her family on a ridge above Kachemak Bay in Homer, Alaska.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 5-8. The reproductive habits of birds, fish, and other creatures are sandwiched in between vignettes relating customs and myths about the egg in this attractive, informative picture book. Gill grabs attention by highlighting the unusual and unbelievable: "A pregnant boy? The female seahorse lays between two hundred and six hundred eggs through a tube into a pouch in the male seahorse's belly. As the baby horses grow, Dad's belly eggspands!" Unfortunately, the plays on egg words (eggstremely, eggscruciating) and the egg jokes ("Hmmmm. . . . Is it better to have egg on your face or eggs on your feet?") are carried a bit too far. Bosson's colorful, highly detailed gouache illustrations, on the other hand, are great, providing a good visual backdrop for the discussion and, where appropriate, some comic relief. The book ends with a look to the future: hope for all species comes from Jazz the "wildcat kitten," the result of implanting the egg of a nearly extinct African wildcat into the womb of an ordinary house cat. A bibliography and Web sites conclude. --Lauren Peterson

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-This book is like having two titles in one. Gill first looks at the mythology and symbolism related to eggs, then segues into their evolutionary past and touches on the various ways that egg-bearers now function and care for their young. While the author presents general information, such as building nests, she also gives specific examples, noting the nesting habits of hummingbirds and cuckoos. The text includes humor with puns, alliteration, and vernacular speech, such as "Most sea creatures lay their eggs and leave, but not the octopus. A supermom, she lays 150,000 eggs, twisting them together in long ropy strands." Clear writing style, brevity of sentence structure, and isolated paragraphs rather than large blocks of text facilitate information gathering for young readers. The figurative paintings fill the pages with inviting images. Several diagrams are included. A further reading list and "some useful web sites" help integrate this title into any elementary curriculum. Emergent readers and any child interested in animals will find something to appreciate here. An enjoyable nontechnical read-aloud.-Tina Hudak, St. Bernard's School, Riverdale, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.